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National Museum of Colombia

Carrera 7 N. 28-66, Bogota 110311, Colombia
+57 1 3816470
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Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological artifacts, as well as modern art. The building itself is interesting — it's a former prison and many of the galleries are inside former prison cells.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Carrera 7 N. 28-66, Bogota 110311, Colombia
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+57 1 3816470
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"colombian history"
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"old jail"
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"non spanish speakers"
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"modern art"
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"worth a visit"
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"third floor"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a very interesting layout in that it is intentionally arranged to invite dialogue and connections between historical points of view. It is not set up by time period or culture, but instead has artifacts intermingled to tell the whole story. True, that...More

Thank RamsEyes
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The old city jail was transformed into a city museum with anthropologic gold artifacts and paintings from the colony up to modern times. we didn't have time to see all of it because we had an hour before going to the airport. There is also...More

Thank Euggen
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had never been here before. Fantastic art and historical pieces that explain much of the start of Bogotá. No flash photography. Spend about an hour and a half there.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are some great pieces of artwork and Botero has some pieces here but the majority of the museum does not have English explanations. I would advise to go on a Sunday when it's free if you only speak English.

Thank Fiona K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some very fine artworks here - don't be put off by my headline if you're interested to discover Colombian artists. Botero works here are I think better than in the Botero Museum. Bernal was a great find - sensational 19th century figurative painter. Alvarez and...More

Thank CardiganJones
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

There is always something new in exhibition, it shows a lot about the Countrys history and most important moments lived until now, but to be honest, it doesn't show much of the most recent events. I liked it, recommended to people who love museums.. its...More

Thank Christian C
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Just awesome, the last days of the month the entrance is free, in the center of the museum there is a meteor, a place that was a prison before, full of relics, books and all kind of treasures that you have to see for yourself....More

Thank Daniel P
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I was quite impressed with the changes introduced in the way the museum is presenting some of its collections, mixing all the different areas: anthropology, history, art, etc. I recommend that everyone should come and see these didactic changes.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

I went with my friend to have an update of this museum. Regular idea. "National" museum supposed to be, but is just some information of the national history. Some details of many many important chapters in Colombia, nothing about recent history, about important moments of...More

Thank Luis Felipe O
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The National Museum does an interesting job constructing an exhibit that through art, artifact and relic, showcases the struggle, contrasts and merging of colonial elements, immigrants and the indigenous peoples of the land and the creation of a shared identity. Well curated progression with beautifully...More

Thank Robert D
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Response from Hernan O | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is. Visiting on working days is preferred than going on the weekends. You can visit after 10:00 a.m. And I believe they close at 4:00 p.m.
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